Custom made Internal Camera Unit

If you have read my Clik Elite post, you are probably aware that I prefer sturdy camera backpacks that balance load ergonomically. The Clik Elite met my requirements in that area, but fell short in others. One of the greatest shortcomings was the lack of a laptop unit. I also own a Kata Bumblebee PL-220 which carries every single lens and accessory I own, including a laptop. This is a great backpack for use within the city, and when I am moving around in a car. It falls short for hikes and travel because it does not carry load very well.

The internet introduced me to the F-stop series of bags. I was initially not very sold on the idea of a bag inside a backpack. If you have not heard of the F-stop mountain series, I suggest you start by watching this video:

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How I created this HDR image of the Qutub Minar

In this brief tutorial, I’ll outline the post processing steps I employed on an image I shot in Delhi recently.

Before I get into the steps, let me answer the question – why HDR? The primary goal of an HDR image is to show a dynamic range greater than what can be captured by a camera sensor under normal circumstances. This means, to show a tonal range of beyond 5 stops. Even though I reached the Qutub early in the morning, it was 10 am by the time I started shooting.  Sunny mornings generally present challenges to the camera sensor. I used a 5D Mark III, whose dynamic range I am not at all pleased with. I loved the scene here – yellow/green lawn and the majestic Qutub MInar against a blue sky. I really wanted to do justice to what I was seeing in front of me, so I decided to shoot a HDR.

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